This book is cool, but didn't really make an impression on me. I liked the back and forth storytelling, but kind of got annoyed that I had to keep fliThis book is cool, but didn't really make an impression on me. I liked the back and forth storytelling, but kind of got annoyed that I had to keep flipping the comic book over. *This review has been brought to you by 12-year-old me*...more
The Here and Now has a great premise, and there's a lot to like about it, but I really wish it had been fleshed out more. The romance aspect was prettThe Here and Now has a great premise, and there's a lot to like about it, but I really wish it had been fleshed out more. The romance aspect was pretty flat and, honestly, the least interesting thing going on. There were hints at so much more going on with Prenna's parents and her history in the future and the blood plague and time travel and I wish the book had spent more time on them. It would be interesting to get a sequel of this book, or a companion book of some kind....more
Erm... I picked this book for our book club to read and I guess I should say... sorry guys. We haven't discussed it yet, and it's not bad, but it isn'Erm... I picked this book for our book club to read and I guess I should say... sorry guys. We haven't discussed it yet, and it's not bad, but it isn't the caliber we are used to. We probably all should have just re-read Ruby Red.
Hourglass is unnecessarily long. For a time travel novel, it certainly takes a long time for them to travel (pun! I wonder if secondary-character-whose-name-I-can't-remember slowed down time while I read through the first half). And I felt like maybe Myra McEntire researched physics and stuff attempting to make this a "true" science fiction and then didn't end up putting much of the science in the novel. It was all mentioned but never really explained, and the presence of scientists as characters wasn't enough to make the science legit. I think that if the the first half had been dramatically edited, the book when have been better, because when we FINALLY got some action towards the end the book improved.
Hourglass is more of a romance with some time travel (much as Twilight was a romance with vampires) than it is a bona-fide time travel novel. Which is fine. Except that the romance wasn't quite there for me. Michael? Eh. Emerson and Michael's chemistry is literally electric, but that is all. The back and forth, touch me/don't touch me was annoying. Why are true wuves in ya novels so often like that? Girlfriends, if a boy IRL is like that, don't waste your time. I think for a will they/won't they romance to really feel genuine BOTH parties have to know why a relationship isn't the best idea. It is not just about one person saying no, for whatever reason, even if they contradict themselves and don't make sense (no means no, peeps, even when a dude says it). The attempt at a love triangle was lame-o, and Kaleb was only kind-of sexy asshole. Probably a little too much of the latter. Actually, I could really dig in to why the empath as womanizer was troubling to me - all the implications! - but I think I'll wait until book club.
Emerson's friend and sister-in-law were strong secondary characters who I would have liked to read about more. The hints at Lily's supernatural powers were intriguing but never amounted to much more than a tease. There is likely more in the sequels, but I'm not sure I'll get around to them. Also, as soon as Kaleb walked in to the book I was like, "oh, romantic interest for Lily." Next book, I guess....more
Yay! Sapphire Blue was great - everything I'd been waiting for. It'd been a while since I read Ruby Red, and I forgot how funny it was. Gwen just cracYay! Sapphire Blue was great - everything I'd been waiting for. It'd been a while since I read Ruby Red, and I forgot how funny it was. Gwen just cracks me up. I love her school friend, and I even liked her gargoyle ghost friend. Now to wait for Emerald Green......more
Wonderful graphic adaptation. I like the black/white/blue coloring, only I wish she'd made the Red Eyed Man's eyes red... (and on the color, Calvin'sWonderful graphic adaptation. I like the black/white/blue coloring, only I wish she'd made the Red Eyed Man's eyes red... (and on the color, Calvin's eyes are green and they're supposed to be blue, but minor quibble)....more
This book is pretty terrible. It takes Little Women chapter by chapter and cheapens it. While any reader who will pick this book up is mostly likely aThis book is pretty terrible. It takes Little Women chapter by chapter and cheapens it. While any reader who will pick this book up is mostly likely a fan of Little Women (I myself have read it probably about a dozen times), the author - and the main character - seem both to disdain it and never have really read it. The most glaring error, to me, is the description of Marmee giving the girls copies of "Pilgrim's Progress" for the first Christmas that they then read religiously every day, while - though never mentioned explicitly in the novel - it is clear to any re-reader that the book she gave them was the Bible. And the contrivance that Emily couldn't remember ANYTHING about the book she was in, that she supposedly loved, including things every one knows - even people who've only seen the movie (or never have!) - that Amy burns Jo's manuscript, that Beth gets sick but dies later, that Meg marries Mr. Brooke... come on! I have always found that Little Women gets richer as I get older, there is so much there that I didn't get when I read it when I was a kid - I kind of thought this would be the kind of thing Emily learns through her experience (not that Meg is stuffy, Jo annoying, Amy selfish, and everyone else so prim and boring and stupid that she can't stand it), including that Amy grows up and really is better with Laurie than Jo would ever have been, because partnership is more complex than who played together most when they were children. Anyhow, she never actually does try to change anything - how could she, when she can't remember anything about the book?...more
The first half, this was a five star book, and the second half this was a three star book, so I'll split the difference. While George/Jake was in DerrThe first half, this was a five star book, and the second half this was a three star book, so I'll split the difference. While George/Jake was in Derry, the book was at it's best - George had a goal and he followed through with it, while at the same time managing to meet interesting characters and say some things about time travel. When George got to Jodie, TX, it got a bit slow. I didn't find his relationship with Sadie particularly moving, and I wish he'd of explained more what the harmonies were (view spoiler)[ - the "I caused the harmonies" at the end didn't really do it for me - (hide spoiler)] instead of just telling us over and over that they existed. It could have done with a bit more editing, I think. The ending was sad, but well done, though I think a better and shorter 2011 novel about how time is a whore is A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan. If you really want to bawl at the end of the book because time is not fair, read this one....more